A ‘Berry’ popular bake off competition at Widnes Market raised more than £350 for a children’s cancer charity, pushing the figure raised to more than £4,000 for the year so far for Clic Sargant by the big hearted traders.

We may not have had Paul Hollywood. but we had plenty of enthusiastic bakers, a host of fun, judging panel (Halton’s Mayor and Mayoress) and the icing on the cake was, the results were, (mostly) outstanding.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for the Physical Environment, Cllr Ron Hignett, said: “These traders don’t go at things half-baked, they always ‘rise’ to the occasion. And this was no exception. There were cakes of all shapes and sizes, even savoury snacks!”

The winners were Pat Esp, and her five-year-old grandson, Oliver Banley, second place went to Noah’s Ark Stall while third place was Middlehurst’s – But the Mayor said it was a very tough choice. And of course he had to try a couple (to make a fair decision!)


CLIC Sargent was formed in 2005 after a successful merger between CLIC and Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

  • Sargent Cancer Care for Children – founded in 1968 by Sylvia Darley OBE as a lasting memory to the late Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • CLIC – Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood – founded in 1976 in the south west by Bob Woodward OBE following the diagnosis of his young son Robert with cancer two years before. Sadly, Robert died in 1977 aged 11 years, and Bob went on to dedicate his life to charity work.